HC Deb 18 December 1967 vol 756 cc897-9
13. Mr. Gwilym Roberts

asked the Minister of Labour if he will publish in the OFFICIAL REPORT the number of different skills and trades offered at Government retraining centres and the location of the training; and what plans he had for extending the range of skills available.

Mr. Hattersley

Yes, Sir, the OFFICIAL REPORT will show that 40 trades are taught at 38 Government training centres. Each centre teaches a selection of these trades. The trades are kept under constant review and a number of new skills are to be introduced into training courses during the next few months.

Mr. Gwilym Roberts

Would my hon. Friends agree that, in view of this great need to increase the number of skills, there is room for even further co-operation between the Colleges of technology and the Colleges of further education and the facilities which are already available in large industrial firms?

Mr. Hattersley

These consultations already go on. It is as a result of them that we have new courses introduced into the G.T.C.s.

Mr. Scott

I wonder if the Minister can say what progress he has made in overcoming trade union resistance to the acceptance of adult trainees from Government training centres? Is it true that the trading centre in Manchester has been closed because of the obstacles put up by the trade unions?

Mr. Hattersley

I do not want to anticipate a Question on exactly that point, which appears later on the Paper today.

Following are the lists:

Trades taught at Government Training Centres

List of Government Training Centres

Northern Region

Yorkshire and Humberside Region

Eastern and Southern Region

London and South Eastern Region

South Western Region


Midlands Region

North Western Region